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Madeline Bassnett

Associate Professor of Early Modern English Literature, Western University

I specialize in early modern food studies, ecocriticism, and women's writing. I'm the author of Women, Food, and Governance in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2016), which examines how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women use language and depictions of food practices (such as hospitality, gift exchange, and charity) to discuss domestic and political governance. I'm currently at work on an essay collection--In the Kitchen 1550-1800: English Cooking at Home and Abroad--co-edited with Hillary Nunn and under contract with Amsterdam University Press. My current SSHRC-funded project is Weather Networks: Climate Change and Community in England's Little Ice Age.
I am also the author of a poetry collection, Under the Gamma Camera (Gaspereau Press, 2019).


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Renaissance Literature, Western University


  • 2008 
    Dalhousie University, PhD